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5/7/20

Keene, NH –Eighth graders from Keene Middle School learned the basics of composting through virtual classroom workshops on April 29 & 30. About 30 students from two KMS STEM Focused Study Group classes participated in Back To The Earth workshops conducted by Education Manager Heather Herring of Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA). NRRA’s School Recycling Club (The Club) provides recycling education and outreach to K-12 schools.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic has confined students to learning from home, The Club had to get creative and set up a way to engage students virtually, using Google Meet™. The students first viewed the Back To The Earth webinar on the NRRARecycles.org website and then composed questions about the composting presentation. The questions were submitted to Ms. Herring in advance and then discussed with the students the following day. Students were able to ask “live” questions using the Google Chat™ function.

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5/6/20

Last Friday, I received a troubling email from my colleague. She had been contacted by the manager of a New Hampshire transfer station. You know, what some people still refer to as the town dump. The transfer station manager had resigned his position because the town directed him to open his recycling building back up to residents despite the manager’s objections.

The facility has a drive-thru with close quarters, making it difficult to enforce social distancing. On the other hand, the town offices remain closed to ensure adequate social distancing.

The transfer station staff are all over the age of 70. The manager quit out of frustration for the inequity of what the town was asking of the transfer station staff.

We all know by now that transfer station staff provide essential services, during a pandemic or not. But did you know that in New Hampshire, solid...Read more

3/16/20

In the fall of 2019, the New Hampshire HB 617 Recycling & Solid Waste Study Committee held fourteen hearings to study how the State can assist municipalities during these challenging recycling markets. NRRA’s Executive Director, Reagan Bissonnette, actively participated in these hearings and testified multiple times, along with some NRRA members. The committee’s final report was issued on November 1, 2019.

In the 2020 legislative cycle, numerous bills have been proposed in New Hampshire that are relevant to NRRA’s NH members with respect to solid waste and resource recovery. Most resulted from the HB 617 Recycling & Solid Waste Study Committee’s report. NRRA has provided a brief summary of these bills below. Please see the full text of each bill (provided as a hyperlink) for complete details. If you are interested in an update on these bills after the date this document was last updated, the ...Read more

3/12/20

Keene, NH –The fifth graders of Symonds Elementary School learned the basics of recycling through a class waste audit on February 20. About 50 enthusiastic students participated in three Garbage Guerrillas workshops. The workshops were conducted by Education Manager Heather Herring of Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA). NRRA’s School Recycling Club (The Club) provides recycling education and outreach to K-12 schools.

Garbage Guerrillas is a workshop designed to raise awareness of recycling possibilities by examining the current waste stream. After a presentation and discussion on the growing waste problem and the shrinking number of available landfills, the students gathered around a tarp while Ms. Herring displayed several examples. Using a typical sampling of both classroom and home trash, the students reviewed the types of recycling and how to identify and sort out recyclables and compostables from actual trash. At the end of each classroom presentation, the students could see...Read more

1/8/20

From December 2014 to January 2019, Rollinsford NH (Population 2,527) embraced single stream recycling i.e. putting all recyclables, including aluminum cans, cardboard, glass jars and bottles, paper, plastics and steel cans, into one container and shipping them to market where they were separated back into their individual components for marketing.

As recycling markets continued to deteriorate and the cost per ton of single stream material exceeded the cost to throw it away, Rollinsford made the difficult decision to return to a source separated program. Rollinsford purchased a refurbished baler and, in July 2018, residents were called upon to once again begin separating their fibers and containers to create materials that the Town could market and achieve revenue for.

NRRA has been privileged to work with Rollinsford throughout this transition from single stream recycling to shipping full tractor trailer loads of cardboard and mixed paper and truck loads of...Read more

11/15/19

Concord, NH – NRRA’s School Recycling Club is very proud to have been awarded a second NH Partners in Education Gold Circle Award for their work with Hampstead Central School. Held at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH, the presentation breakfast on November 1st recognized awardees from across the state for their partnerships with schools striving to provide the best educational experiences to their students. The event was attended by NRRA Executive Director Reagan Bissonnette, NRRA Education Manager Heather Herring and NRRA Programs Coordinator Gwen Erley.

Thanks to funding assistance from NH the Beautiful and the Hampstead Recycling Committee, NRRA’s School Recycling Club has been able to present their Garbage Guerrillas workshop to the 3rd graders of Hampstead Central every year for the last five years, at no cost to the school. This workshop teaches students the basics of recycling and how to fight the war on waste...Read more

11/13/19

Rochester, VT –White River Solid Waste Alliance is continuing their school outreach efforts again this year. As part of their Solid Waste Implementation Plan (SWIP), they have engaged NRRA (Northeast Resource Recovery Association) to provide four workshops and two technical assistance trainings for Rochester School. The Alliance’s goal is to assist schools in their region to become compliant with Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law, Act 148.

NRRA’s School Recycling Club Educator, Charen Fegard, presented four classroom workshops on: Healthy Home/Clean Waters, Waste=Global Climate Change, Back to the Earth (Composting), and Recycling & Composting in Your Town. Students for fourth, fifth and sixth grade attended the workshops, held on November 13.

Also, on November 13, two technical assistance trainings were held at Rochester School. Ms. Fegard conducted a Star of Sustainability Assessment, NRRA’s proprietary school recycling inventory and review. She also conducted an Indoor Air Quality and Green Cleaning review...Read more

11/5/19

Keene, NH –The skies were overcast but spirits were bright on Oct. 29, as students at John H. Fuller Elementary School conducted a school waste audit, known as Trash On the Lawn Day (TOLD). NRRA Education Manager Heather Herring from NRRA’s School Recycling Club, trained 120 fourth and fifth grade students how to identify and pull recyclables from a sampling of typical school trash.

Outfitted with recyclable gloves, each group of students was given several bags of trash which were weighed, sorted into bins, then weighed again producing volume data for a final report. When sorting was completed the students had a visual and quantifiable record of how much of their “trash” could have been diverted from the landfill. Grades K-3 classes came by to observe and ask thoughtful questions.

The students saw opportunities to improve their recycling efforts. They are already collecting highlighters and markers for recycling....Read more

10/18/19

Contoocook, NH – On Oct. 10, with a backdrop of beautiful fall foliage, students at Maple Street Elementary School conducted a school waste audit, known as Trash On the Lawn Day (TOLD). NRRA Educators Cindy Sterling and Heather Herring from NRRA’s School Recycling Club, trained sixty-six sixth-grade students how to identify and pull recyclables from a sampling of typical school trash.

Outfitted with recyclable gloves, each group of students was given several bags of trash which were weighed, sorted into bins, then weighed again producing volume data for a final report. When sorting was completed the students had a visual and quantifiable record of how much of their “trash” could have been diverted from the landfill. While the students have a good recycling program in place, including a school garden with chickens, they saw opportunities to improve their efforts. They were surprised by the amount of food waste they...Read more

10/10/19

Somersworth, NH – On Sept. 30, the students of Somersworth Middle School conducted a school waste audit, known as Trash On the Lawn Day (TOLD). Gwen Erley and Heather Herring from NRRA’s School Recycling Club, trained 120 seventh grade students how to identify and pull recyclables from a sampling of typical school trash.

Outfitted with recyclable gloves, each group of students was given several bags of trash which were weighed, sorted into bins, then weighed again producing volume data for a final report. When sorting was completed the students had a visual and quantifiable record of how much of their “trash” could have been diverted from the landfill. While there was not a lot of waste (an indicator of good recycling and composting), the students still saw opportunities to improve their efforts. They found five pounds of recyclable paper in several spiral bound notebooks, as well as a broken...Read more

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